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Alligator Snapping Turtle by laura-worldwide Alligator Snapping Turtle by laura-worldwide
Taken: March 24th, 2008 in Monroe at the Reptile Zoo.

The Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) is the largest freshwater turtle in the world. It is a larger and slightly less aggressive relative of the Common Snapping Turtle.

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The alligator snapping turtle is characterized by a large, heavy head and a long, thick tail with three dorsal ridges of large scales (osteoderms) giving it a primitive appearance reminiscent of some of the plated dinosaurs. They can be immediately distinguished from the common snapper by the three distinct rows of spikes and raised plates on the carapace, whereas the common snapper has a smoother carapace. They are a solid gray, brown, black, or olive-green in color, and often covered with algae. They have radiating yellow patterns around the eyes, serving to break up the outline of the eye and keep the turtle camouflaged. Their eyes are also surrounded by a star-shaped arrangement of fleshy filamentous "eyelashes."

There is an unverified report of a 403-pound alligator snapping turtle found in the Neosho River in Kansas in 1937,[2] but the largest one actually on record is 236 lb, and housed at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, Illinois. They generally do not grow quite that large. Average adult size is around 26 inches shell length with a weight of 175 lb. Males are typically larger than females
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sosickofdrawing Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
What a cutie. I absolutely love Alligator Snapping Turtles. I never knew they got so big! :clap:
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kolorful-klutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:eyepopping: WOAH. JUST WOAH.
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kolorful-klutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:eyepopping: WOAH. JUST WOAH.
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kolorful-klutz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:eyepopping: WOAH. JUST WOAH.
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chuginkoolaid13ROCKZ Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this thing is really badass!
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Goldleo Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool capture! That's a really tough shot!
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boydrifter2006 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2009
Cute yes. But also dangerous with that beak !
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laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
Sure bloody is!

Laura
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azzurro360 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
i love turtles :love: but this one's scary :P
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laura-worldwide Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Photographer
I agree.

Happy Easter!
Laura
xoxo

P.S. - Sorry for the late reply, college is crazy right now!
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